May 18, 2012
The Great Detective and Dr. Watson are called to Darmstadt, Germany, to investigate a curious case of purloined corpses and strange goings-on at Castle Frankenstein. That's the springboard for Sherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein, currently in pre-production from director Gautier Cazenave’s Marteau Films of France, in collaboration with the UK-based Parkland Pictures. The film shoots later this year.
In an inspired bit of casting, Shane Briant, once Peter Cushing’s assistant in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), Hammer’s last Frankenstein film, will return to the saga as the Burgomeister. Also appearing is actor Clement von Franckenstein — the real Baron Frankenstein — cast as… Baron Frankenstein!
The atmospheric poster was created by Gil Jouin who collaborated for over 15 years with his father, Michel Jouin, famous for his film poster work on the French release of such titles as Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Gil Jouin’s solo work has also been celebrated, winning the Best Film Poster Cesar — the French Oscar — for the film Cinema Paradiso in 1990.
We’ll report back on Sherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein as the project evolves.